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Social Documents

  1. 1. Social Documents Diane Arbus Gordon Parks Richard Misrach
  2. 2. Social Documents <ul><li>Photography that is used to </li></ul><ul><li>chronicle society around us </li></ul><ul><li>Use of several techniques to </li></ul><ul><li>portray how they see society </li></ul>
  3. 3. Diane Arbus &quot;I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself. &quot; <ul><li>March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971 </li></ul><ul><li>American Jewish woman photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Married Allan Arbus at age 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Received photography lessons from husband when he trained to be a photographer for the US Army </li></ul><ul><li>Was a well-known stylist in the fashion world </li></ul>
  4. 4. Diane Arbus <ul><li>Began photography lessons at The New School in New York </li></ul><ul><li>Known for her portraits of people on the fringes of society </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning in 1960, she worked extensively as a photojournalist </li></ul><ul><li>Soon after, she started using the Rolleiflex medium format twin-lens reflex </li></ul><ul><li>Took her own life in 1971 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Diane Arbus
  6. 6. Boy with Toy Grenade in Central Park (1962)
  7. 7. Identical Twins (1967)
  8. 8. Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in The Bronx, NY (1970)
  9. 9. Hermaphrodite with Dog (1968)
  10. 10. Gordon Parks “I had a mother who would not allow me to complain about not accomplishing something because I was black. Her attitude was, ‘If a white boy can do it, then you can do it, too—and do it better, or don’t come home.’” <ul><li>November 30, 1912 - March 7, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>He saw a magazine with photos of migrant workers and was inspired </li></ul><ul><li>He was discovered by Boxer Joe Lois’ Wife </li></ul><ul><li>First successful African American mainstream photographer </li></ul>
  11. 11. Gordon Parks <ul><li>Started out taking portraits for society women </li></ul><ul><li>Worked as a freelance portrait and fashion photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Captured the civil rights movement </li></ul><ul><li>He also became a director & author </li></ul>
  12. 12. Gordon Parks
  13. 13. Spanish Fashion (1950)
  14. 14. American Gothic (1942)
  15. 15. Gordon Parks cover of Life Magazine, 03/08/1968
  16. 16. Richard Misrach “…perhaps it was the cocktail – the combination of the gritty, turbulent, political, historical moment mixed with the elegant, romantic fine print tradition of landscape photography – that established the poles that would inform my work.” <ul><li>Born 1949 </li></ul><ul><li>American photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Started a career in the 70’s as a black & white photographer doing portraiture in California </li></ul><ul><li>In the late 70’s he discovered the desert at night and started a career in color and moved to capture the desert and scars on the earth left by human destruction </li></ul>
  17. 17. Richard Misrach <ul><li>His photography is sometimes referred to as cultural landscape photography or landscape documentary </li></ul><ul><li>He takes on “epic investigations”, capturing particular areas for years at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Has written books Chronologies, Golden Gate and Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West </li></ul>
  18. 18. Richard Misrach
  19. 19. White Man Contemplating Pyramids, Egypt (1989-91)
  20. 20. Stranded Rowboat, Salton Sea, (1983)
  21. 21. World’s Fastest Mobile Home (96 MPH) (1992)
  22. 22. Dead Animals #1 (1987)
  23. 23. Golden Gate book cover published 2001
  24. 24. The End